Environmental Health

Pollutants, toxic products and industry activities in the environment can impact your health. See what you need to know about environmental health concerns.

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You might not have heard the word phthalates, but you've been exposed to them. They're chemicals that make plastics stronger and they're in just about everything you touch. But are they harmful to your health?

By Stephanie Parker

In the U.S., normal body temperature has been dropping over the past 150 years. People run cooler today than they did two centuries ago. Why is that?

By Michael Gurven & Thomas Kraft

Some people feel you track a lot of germs and dirt into your home if you keep your street shoes on inside, but studies have shown it's not that bad.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus


It's probably dirtier than you think.

By Laurie L. Dove

Increasing scientific evidence shows that ultrafine particles are especially hazardous to health.

By Patrick J. Kiger

From libraries to used book stores, books get passed from hand to dirty hand. How safe are they to handle?

By Carrie Tatro

Does the sound of a leaf blower make you mad? There might be a physical reason for it.

By Laurie L. Dove


New research shows that human-caused CO2 emissions could decrease the nutritional value of staples like rice and wheat. But there are ways we can prepare.

By Jesslyn Shields

Hundreds of scientists and doctors are calling for stronger restrictions on antibacterial chemicals that show up in yoga mats, cosmetics, and even toothpaste.

By Laurie L. Dove

You spend one third of your life asleep. But you spend your entire life breathing. Learn more about these 10 common indoor air pollutants.

By Josh Peterson, Planet Green

Some worry that the electromagnetic fields lead to cancer. Learn more about how electric cars and hybrids affect your health.

By Josh Peterson, Planet Green


A few simple changes to your shopping routine can avoid potential risks. Learn more about avoiding BPA exposure from cash register receipts.

By NaturallySavvy.com Contributor